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Jack Canning among 20 hopefuls put through their paces by Marty Clarke at AFL Combine

The two-day testing event took place in UCD.

TWENTY YOUNG FOOTBALLERS have been put through their paces at the seventh annual AFL Europe Talent Combine in a quest to impress watching scouts and earn a trial Down Under.

Players and Coaches from the AFL Combine session The 20 young players involved in this weekend's Combine at UCD. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

The two-day testing event hosted at UCD was conducted by former Down footballer and Collingwood half-back Marty Clarke and AFL National and International Talent Manager Kevin Sheehan.

Players were tested across a number of disciplines including agility, vertical jump, endurance, beep test, speed and skills.

Among those who impressed were Cork underage star Mark Keane, Dublin’s Peadar O’Cofaigh Byrne and Anton Tohill, the son of All-Ireland winner and former Derry midfielder Anthony.

Galway’s Jack Canning, who helped his county to All-Ireland minor hurling success last summer, was also in attendance.

Meanwhile, James Madden showed immense potential in the sprint, agility and endurance tests, with the Dublin minor footballer smashing the Combine record over 20 metres with a time of 2.68 seconds.

Two of the players will now be invited to participate in the 2018 AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne.

Marty Clarke Marty Clarke. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

The AFL Combine is part of the league’s international search for elite talent from a variety of sporting backgrounds with drafts held around the world.

Several Irish players — including Colin O’Riordan, Pearce Hanley and Zach Tuohy — have forged successful careers in Aussie Rules and last month, Galway footballer Cillian McDaid was the latest to secure a contract Down Under as he joined Carlton.

Anton Tohill Anton Tohill. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

James Madden and Mark Keane James Madden and Cork's Mark Keane during today's pitch session. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

David Kelly and Jack Canning Jack Canning (right) battles with David Kelly. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Mark Keane of Cork Cork's Mark Keane. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Players in a team huddle Marty Clarke talks to the players. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Colm Begley passes to James Madden Former AFL player Colm Begley helped out on Friday. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

A general view of the players during the bleep test A view of the bleep test. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

James Madden during the beep test James Madden impressed in the speed tests. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Cathal O'Mahony Cathal O'Mahony doing the jump test. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

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